Delhiwale: Nature’s embroidery at Lodhi Gardens

Season’s gift skirting around a tiny pond in Lodhi Garden depicts the phenomenon of fleeting beauty

delhi Updated: Jul 06, 2018 15:15 IST
Mayank Austen Soofi
Mayank Austen Soofi
Hindustan Times
delhiwale,Lodhi Gardens
(HT Photo )

This polite sprinkle of colours ought to be a sari border. The composition is so exquisitely fragile that you fear a strong breeze might destroy the arrangement.

This flowery bed snaking around a small, barely visited, lotus pond in Lodhi Gardens is one of our city’s many unseen beauties and this particularly beauty last only a season.

“We plant these portulaca flowers in March,” says gardener Ram Milan. “They bloom in the heat and go away by the time the rain ends.”. The pond lies inside a butterfly conservatory and though a board claims that Lodhi Garden has six species of butterflies, this afternoon only insects and bees are half-heartedly hovering over the lotuses. “We planted these flowers around the pond to attract the butterflies,” explains the gardener.

The flowers are apparently growing in other parts of the garden too, but the way they skirt around the water makes them look as dreamy as the tapestry woven by an experienced embroiderer.

Although it’s terribly hot, these dainty flowers are immersed in cool tranquility as if the weather’s extremity has no power to intrude into their secretive world.

Come during the first half of the day if you want to see these flowers, the gardener warns, adding that they fold within themselves in the afternoon, blooming again only the morning after. That too is magic.

First Published: Jul 06, 2018 15:14 IST